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Is a Root Canal the Only Option for an Infected Tooth?

Posted on 8/13/2017 by administrative
 Root Canal Huronia Oral Surgery Group Ontario L4N 8J6
When you get an infected tooth, it is important that you know how to take care of that tooth as quickly as humanly possible. You are risking the health of not only your tooth, but also the health of your entire body if you leave the infection to spread. Most oral surgeons want you to have a root canal done when you have an infected tooth because it is the safest and most effective way of caring for an infected tooth. However, it isn't the only option you have.

You Can Get Infected Teeth Pulled, Too

If you have an infected tooth, and do not want to have a root canal performed, the other option you have is having that tooth extracted. This is typically far more damaging to your mouth than getting a root canal done. Getting a tooth pulled means that it will permanently leave an opening in your mouth that is not going to fill itself back in.

You will need to either leave an opening in your mouth, which can cause other dental issues, or you will need to get a bridge or an implant to fill that spot back in. Plus, you may also spread the infection if your oral surgeon damages the socket as the tooth is being extracted. Occasionally, the socket gets broken during the extraction process, which can allow the pus to begin to ooze into other parts of the body by way of the blood stream.

Your best bet when facing an infected tooth that is otherwise healthy is getting a root canal. It is not as scary as most people believe it to be. It can save your tooth, and even save the rest of your body from getting sick. Find out more from your oral surgeon right away!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 705-302-0357 today.

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